Brown Recognized as Big 12's Co-Female Athlete of the Week

March 27, 2007


University of Kansas track and field junior Ashley Brown was named the Big 12 Co-Female Athlete of the Week Tuesday for her performances at the Tulsa Duels on March 24. Brown won both the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles at the meet and earned a regional qualifying mark in the 400-meter hurdles.

Brown raced to a career-best 59.03 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles, well below the regional qualifying standard of 1:00.82. Were it not for the wind, her winning time of 13.31 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles would have set a new Kansas record and also earned her a regional qualifying mark.

“I am very honored to receive the distinction. I am very happy with how I did in both races, but was especially shocked by my performance in the 100-meter hurdles, having missed some of the past two years due to injury,” Brown said. “The recognition just shows that all the hard work I have been putting in with my teammates and Coach Elisha Brewer is paying off.”

Brown shares the award with Colorado senior Hannah Warfield-Ruffato, who earned a regional qualifying mark in the javelin. She becomes the second KU female track and field student-athlete to be named Big 12 Female Athlete of the week this year, joining junior Kate Sultanova, who was honored on Feb. 13 during the indoor season for her performance in the pole vault.

Brown, Sultanova and the rest of the Kansas track and field team return to competition at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas April 5-7.